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COVID FAQ

MIP Politecnico di Milano Graduate School of Business rigorously follows the Italian government and WHO regulations and instructions for dealing with the current Covid-19 situation.

Please refer to the FAQs below in order to collect more information on our Specialising Masters and check back regularly on this page for new updates.

FAQ

What is the exact start date of the programs?

All Masters + MBA FT

The BABD kick-off date is 30/09/2020, both on campus and online.
The kick-off date for FINTECH, MBA FT and IMPM is 28/09/2020, both on campus and online.
Students who wish to undertake the first month of the programme online only can choose the second arrival date option, which is 03/11/2020 for BABD and 02/11/2020 for FINTECH, MBA FT and IMPM.
As far as the start date of the UK semester of IMPM is concerned, this is yet to be defined.

The kick-off date for IM4, IMIE and IMSCPM is 14/09/2020 online. The first month of the programmes will be delivered online only and students will be expected to arrive in person on campus on 12/10/2020.

GMIM

The kick-off date of the programme in Glasgow UK is 14/09/2020. Candidates will be allowed a delayed entry for up to 4 weeks if required due to visa delays or travel restrictions.

IMLUX

The kick-off date of the programme in France is 05/10/2020 at NEOMA Business School, Reims.
The start date of the second semester in Milan, Italy is 15 February 2021.

When am I expected to arrive on campus?

All Masters + MBA FT

The BABD kick-off date is 30/09/2020, both on campus and online.
The kick-off date for FINTECH, MBA FT and IMPM is 28/09/2020, both on campus and online.
Students who wish to undertake the first month of the programme online only can choose the second arrival date option, which is 03/11/2020 for BABD and 02/11/2020 for FINTECH, MBA FT and IMPM.
As far as the start date of the UK semester of IMPM is concerned, this is yet to be defined.

The kick-off date for IM4, IMIE and IMSCPM is 14/09/2020 online. The first month of the programmes will be delivered online only and students will be expected to arrive in person on campus on 12/10/2020.

GMIM

The kick-off date of the programme in Glasgow UK is 14/09/2020. Candidates will be allowed a delayed entry for up to 4 weeks if required due to visa delays or travel restrictions.

IMLUX

The kick-off date is 05/10/2020 at NEOMA Business School, Reims.

What if I can’t travel for the start of my course?

All Masters + MBA FT

Should there be any travel restrictions or visa delays at the start of the programme on campus, students will have the option of joining the programme with the September 2021 intake.

Specifics for MBA FT students:
Should there be any travel restrictions or visa delays in September or November, students will have the chance to follow the lessons online until the end of December 2020 but they will not be able to follow the activities offered under the Experiential Gym. Any candidates who are not even able to arrive on campus in January will have the option of joining the programme with the September 2021 intake.

Can I continue working during the initial online part of the program?

All Masters + MBA FT

We don’t generally recommend this as the workload for the programme is quite high, even in the first month of online studies.

What will happen to my application if the University temporarily closes?

All Masters + MBA FT

If the school is unable to start the programme as planned, candidates will have the option of deferring their participation to the September 2021 intake.

Will I have more time to decide, considering the impact of COVID-19?

All Masters + MBA FT

The standard amount of time given to candidates to confirm their participation is 15 days from receipt of the admission offer; however, they can request the admissions team for an extension, given the current Covid-19 crisis.

What if I'm unable to sit my exams?

All Masters + MBA FT

Usually candidates are expected to graduate by 15 July of the concerned year to be able to join the September intake however, they will be given extra time to complete their exams and obtain a provisional degree/certificate. For the Italian candidates: if you are only missing one exam tops and you can graduate within 4 months after the start of the programme remaining enrolled in the 2019/2020 academic year, the enrollment in Politecnico will be possible for the September 2020 intake.

Should I still apply if I'm unable to leave my home country?

All Masters + MBA FT

We encourage you to apply and secure an offer anyway. In case you are unable to arrive on campus on time, your offer will be valid for the September 2021 intake.

Can I/should I defer my place?

All Masters + MBA FT

Once admitted, candidates can defer their admission to the following year. They can retain the same tuition fee (if any increases should occur the following intake) only by paying the first instalment to confirm their participation in 2020 itself. Financial aid (if any) will be not retained in case of deferral.

What if I cannot take the IELTS/TOEFL tests?

All Masters + MBA FT

We understand that many test centres across the world are closed and that online testing facilities are limited. Candidates who have studied in the English language are not required to provide any English test certificates. Candidates who are required to provide one can take our English test online, free of cost, after receiving confirmation of their participation in the programme.

GMIM

We understand that many test centres across the world are closed and that online testing facilities are limited. Candidates who are unable to provide IELTS/TOEFL tests scores can take our English test online, free of cost, after receiving confirmation of their participation in the programme, which would be valid only for admission purposes. Non-EU candidates will still be required to take the IELTS/TOEFL tests before the start of the UK semester for UK visa purposes.

IMPM

We understand that many test centres across the world are closed and that online testing facilities are limited. Candidates who are unable to provide IELTS/TOEFL tests scores can take our English test online, free of cost, after receiving confirmation of their participation in the programme, which would be valid only for admission purposes. Non-EU candidates will still be required to take the IELTS/TOEFL tests before the start of the UK semester for UK visa purposes.

Will you refund my deposit if I am unable to travel because of COVID-19?

All Masters + MBA FT

The deposit is refundable only in cases of visa rejection. In the case that candidates are unable to obtain their visas on time, or are facing travel restrictions at the start of the programme, the deposit will not be refunded but held as valid for the September 2021 intake.

Will I be able to stay back in Italy after program completion?

All Masters + MBA FT

Yes, after graduation you will be entitled to apply for an extension called the Job Search/Students’ Entrepreneurship visa, which can be granted for up to one year and will allow you to stay in Italy legally while looking for work or to set up your own business. With this permit, you will also be allowed to accept work.

Can I expect any change in the policy for permanent residence permits for international students?

All Masters + MBA FT

A Study permit is granted for the duration of your studies with us. Upon completion of your studies, you will be entitled to either an Awaiting Employment permit (1 year) or a work permit for the duration of your work contract. We expect regulations to remain unchanged. After 6 years of consecutive residency in Italy, you can apply for the permanent residence permit and we expect no changes to this policy.

Will I still be able to apply for a work permit outside of the quota system on the basis of my studies in Italy?

All Masters + MBA FT

Yes, upon completion of your masters at Politecnico di Milano you will be untitled to be hired in Italy outside of the migration quota.

How is Covid-19 is impacting the Career Development Center activities?

All Masters + MBA FT

The Career Development Center is facing the emergency period by going digital in order to guarantee continuity to its activities, such as Virtual Career Fairs, Remote Consultancy Projects, online Careers Workshops and Company Presentations, and one-to-one Consultancy, depending on the programme.

How will the Business School manage Career Networking Events/Fairs considering the social distancing requirements?

MIP is giving continuity to its didactic activities in compliance with the safety regulations in force in Italy. Thanks to its innovative digital approach, MIP will be able to guarantee continuity to careers activities by switching them into digital if made necessary by the current emergency situation.

To which careers services will I still have access in the year following graduation?

All Masters + MBA FT

After graduation, you will still have access to MIP Digital Platforms (e.g. Flexa), where the employers in MIP's network post opportunities suitable for MIP students and graduates; in addition, you will still have access to other Digital Career portals partnering with the Career Development Center, allowing you to research job and internship opportunities, graduate programmes and to take part in virtual and in-presence networking events at international level. Moreover, as a Graduate, you will still have the possibility to attend a selection of career and networking events.

Can I expect to receive a stipend during digital internships as well?

All Masters + MBA FT

Internship reimbursements depend on the polices applied by the employers, both for in-company and digital internships. According to our experience and records, in 2019, 90% of companies offered reimbursements for in-company internships, while data related to digital internships are not yet available.

How will the university ensure that social distancing and safety measures are implemented for candidates and staff?

All Masters + MBA FT

The university is identifying appropriate spaces in which to run classes to assure social distancing, and is also designing classes through a combination of physical and digital tools to ensure that classes can be run without any impact on the safety of MIP staff, students or professors.

What happens if I am not able to arrive on campus even in November 2020?

All Masters + MBA FT

The school is organised in such a way as to allow the opportunity to attend online classes until the end of the year, consistently with government indications for Phase 3.

Will I receive any tuition fee reductions if the entire programme needs to be delivered online?

All Masters + MBA FT

Candidates will be able to apply for a reduction in the tuition fee if the entire programme has to be delivered online.

Will I get to attend any experiential activities like exchanges or international study tours in the following year?

All Masters + MBA FT

If these activities are cancelled for your cohort, on the basis of the availability of places assured by our partner universities, we will aim to give you the chance to attend them in the following year.

Will I be able to undertake an extra-curricular internship after graduation if I don’t receive any offers during the programme?

All Masters + MBA FT

After graduation you might be eligible for an extra-curricular internship in Italy; outside Italy, you would need to refer to the local labour/internship laws.
Candidates have up to 8 months after program completion to undertake an internship which can be activated at Politecnico di Milano. In this way, candidates have the possibility to renew their student visa for up to 8 months to take up an internship in addition to the Job Search/Students’ Entrepreneurship visa extension.

If courses are delivered in a “distance learning” format not only for the first month, but also the following ones (November and December, for example) , will there be any reduction in the fee?

All Masters + MBA FT

Candidates will be able to apply for a reduction in the tuition fee if the entire programme has to be delivered online.

COVID-19 - RESOURCES AND INFORMATION

Italy’s drastic containment measures have allowed the country to re-open gradually, but the COVID-19 is still active in Europe and Worldwide.

The International Students Office continues to support the student community during the current health emergency and associated travel restrictions.

In this page, you will find updates and information on governmental provisions and regulations to halt the spread of the virus, travel information, useful websites and our services in this period.

Last updated September 23, 2020.

CURRENT SITUATION IN ITALY

On May 18th, Italy has entered the so-called “Phase 2” of the emergency. Slowly but steadily, businesses and activities have reopened and milder measures now regulate the country’s day-to-day life.

As of September, all citizens are required to:

  • wear a mask in public closed spaces and all instances in which a safe distance cannot be guaranteed
  • wear a mask in all public places from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am
  • wear a mask on all public transport
  • keep a 1 meter distance from others (social distance rule)
  • avoid gatherings in public spaces
  • not partake in dance activities that take place in spaces open to the public, both outdoors and indoors
  • stay at home if they have a respiratory infection characterized by fever over 37,5°, and contact a doctor or the local preventive healthcare department (Lombardy’s free toll number: 800 894 545)

Social distancing, face masks and hand hygiene are the main individual tools against the spread of Covid-19, and keeping these practices alive even in later months will speed up the return to normality.

Another tool the Italian government is promoting is the new phone App called “Immuni”. Read more in the section below.

 

THE NATIONAL HEALTHCARE SYSTEM

We strongly recommended all students enroll into the National Healthcare System (NHS), which gives access to free visits at a general practitioner of choice, and reduced fees on specialized visits. Non-EU students can enroll after applying for the permit of stay in Italy. Learn more about it at the Health Cover section.

SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES

In the wake of the success of containment measures, most businesses and activities in Italy have reopened. Read below a list of general information:

PUBLIC TRANSPORT Operating with 1 meter distance rule. Masks and gloves are mandatory on transports.
OFFICES AND BANKS Reduced office accessibility. Temperature measuring is often required.
STORES Open, with 1 meter distance rules. Temperature measuring is often required.
RESTAURANTS Outdoor seats and reservations are strongly recommended.
BEAUTICIANS Access is allowed only on appointment.
PARKS Access is allowed for individual physical activities. No recreational group activities (team sports, picnics) allowed.
SPORTS Sports centers, gyms and swimming pools are open. Sports events and competitions without public presence have resumed. Contact sports are allowed.
CULTURAL ACTIVITIES Masks are mandatory to enter museums and libraries. Public events are permitted only in static form. All conference and convention activities are suspended.
THE “IMMUNI” APP

Immuni is the new exposure notification App of the Italian government, developed by the Extraordinary Commissioner for the COVID-19 Emergency, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and the Ministry for Innovation Technology and Digitalization.

Its purpose is to notify users at risk of carrying the virus as early as possible, in order to minimize its spread and facilitate an early diagnosis. To learn more about how it works, visit Immuni's official website at https://www.immuni.italia.it/.

While downloading the App is not mandatory, it is strongly recommended by the Italian government, as every single user increases its overall effectiveness.

TRAVEL AND QUARANTINE REQUIREMENTS – LATEST UPDATES

The following regulations, which are available at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website, will be valid until October 7th. Please always check on the official page what restrictions are in place for the country you are travelling from, before making arrangements.

Travel to Italy is forbidden:

  • for people who stayed in or transited through any of the following countries in the last 14 days: Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Kosovo, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Oman, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic.

Travel to Italy is allowed for any reason from:

  • Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark (Faer Oer islands and Greenland included), Estonia, Finland, France* (except for certain regions – see below – and the territories outside of the european continent), Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands (territories outside of the european continent excluded), Poland, Portugal (Azores and Madera included), Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Hungary, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway (Svalbard Islands and Jan Mayen included), Switzerland, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Gibraltar and British bases in Cyprus included; territories outside of the european continent excluded), Andorra, Principality of Monaco, San Marino and Vatican City
    Requirements: present a self-certification
  • Croatia, Greece, Malta, Spain and French regions of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Corsica, Hauts-de-France, Ilȇ-de-France, New Aquitaine, Occitania, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
    Requirements: present a self-certification; present proof of having undergone a molecular or antigenic test carried out by means of a swab and a negative result within 72 hours before entering the national territory, OR undergo a molecular or antigenic test upon arrival at the airport, port, or border location, where possible, or within 48 hours of entering the national territory at the competent local health department; in both cases, contact the ATS upon arrival; while waiting to undergo the test, self-isolate under health surveillance.
  • Romania
    Requirements: present a self-certification; reach the domicile by private means (taxi or car renting); self-isolate under health surveillance for 14 days
  • Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay
    Requirements: present a self-certification; reach the domicile by private means (taxi or car renting); self-isolate under health surveillance for 14 days

Travel to Italy is allowed “for study, work, health, to return to one’s residence or to reunite with a loved one”, from:

  • any Non-EU country not listed above
    Requirements: present a self-certification; reach the domicile by private means (taxi or car renting); self-isolate under health surveillance for 14 days

Please note that the above rules for each country are valid if you have stayed in the same place in the last 14 days. If you stayed or transited through other countries, these may vary.

It is important to point out that many countries, both EU and Non-EU, may have stricter regulations in place in regards to entry or transit. For this reason, we recommend to always check with the relative authority in the country of transit or destination, to know what the requirements for entry are.

VISA AND PERMIT OF STAY

We expect Consulates and Embassies in different countries to resume operation soon. This will also be dependent on the covid-19 situation in each country.

For your visa application, visit the page of the Italian Consulate/Embassy operating in your area to learn where a visa appointment can be scheduled.

For initial visa information visit the “Visa for Italy” website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at https://vistoperitalia.esteri.it/home/en

For students in Italy, please note that all permits validity is currently extended until August 31st 2020.

COVID-19 VIRUS INFORMATION AND EMERGENCY CONTACTS in Milan

Here you can find instructions on what to do if you are worried about the virus outbreak, if you are showing respiratory infection symptoms, or if an acquaintance was diagnosed with the COVID-19.

If you suspect you have contracted the virus, do not go to the hospital.

Instead, contact by phone one of the following:

  • your general practitioner
  • the Regional healthcare department ( ph. 800 894 545 )
  • Milan’s after hour on-call doctor ( ph. 800 193 344 ).

Follow the instructions you receive from them. In the meantime, you should stay at home and try to keep a distance from your flatmates, if any.

Only use the emergency number 112 if you need immediate assistance, that is, if you need an ambulance straight away.

As soon as you can, please contact the ISO to inform us and to receive further support. Write to iso@mip.polimi.it.

If you do contract the virus, you will have to follow the guidelines of the health authority who has assessed you. If you have minor or no symptoms, as a rule, you can expect to be required to do the following:

  • Self-isolate at home for 14 days
  • Wear the face mask provided at the start of the monitoring
  • Keep a distance from your flatmates, close the door to your bedroom and ventilate it regularly
  • Remain available to go through the necessary health checks

Write to your Program Coordinator, Master Director or the ISO for support.

 

HEALTH GLOSSARY

In addition to the general healthcare glossary on the ISO webpage, find here a glossary pertaining to the covid-19 emergency, which will help you communicate your needs or issues to sellers and doctors.

Fever Febbre
Headache Mal di testa
Dry cough Tosse secca
Cold Raffreddore
Flu Influenza
Lungs Polmoni
Short breath Respiro corto
Fatigue Affaticamento
I feel pain here Ho un dolore qui
Face mask Mascherina*
Hand sanitizer Gel disinfettante
Do you speak English? Parla inglese?

 

*In Italy, face masks can be bought at pharmacies and parapharmacies

HEALTH CONTACTS

Health Ministry Number (for general information in Italian, English and Chinese): 1500

Regional Healthcare Number: 800 894 545

After hour on-call doctor in Milan: 800 193 344

Emergency Number: 112

RESOURCES

The International Students Office monitors relevant information given by the Italian government, and shares it with students, and will continue doing so in the months to come.

You can read our Covid-19 FAQs, dedicated to current students, to know more about the present situation.

If you wish to keep informed autonomously on the latest health-related news during your stay in Milan, you can refer to the following list of official websites:

Lombardy Region website on Covid-19

Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Travelling regulations in Italy

Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Information from Embassies and Consulates

Ministry of Health: For travellers

Ministry of Health FAQ

Civil Protection Department Press

Civil Protection Department Activities

ANSA: Updates on Covid-19 in Italy